building opportunities together
Hurbanity is a social enterprise for housing and property development that operates in Latin America and Europe. It is committed to building living spaces that bring together families from different socio-economic sectors. Its vision: to promote social diversity by facilitating access to dignified housing and by offering support for entrepreneurship.
Learn more about the future of decent housing and entrepreneurship.
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HURBANITY BUILDS A BETTER SOCIAL MIXITY
Housing is a factor of socio-spatial segregation that can favor, but also limit, access to opportunities for positive development.
At present, we primarily encounter housing projects that focus solely on housing, without understanding its socio-spatial context, providing economically vulnerable families access to just walls and a ceiling. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, these programs do not take into account the immediate environment. They often have restricted access to public services and economics centers, thus producing a form of isolation.
Based on this reality, Hurbanity’s primary objective, through its housing development projects, is to generate social diversity and, at the same time, economic opportunities for low-income residents.
HURBANITY CONSTRUIT UNE MEILLEURE MIXITÉ SOCIALE
Le logement est un facteur évident de ségrégation sociospatiale qui peut favoriser ou au contraire limiter l’accès aux opportunités d’évolution positive. Aujourd’hui, les projets d’habitat sociaux se focalisent souvent uniquement sur la maison, permettant à des familles économiquement vulnérables d’accéder à des murs et à un toit. Malheureusement, pour différentes raisons, ces programmes ne prennent pas en compte l’environnement immédiat. Ils sont souvent coupés des services publics et des centres d’activité économique, générant ainsi une forme de mise à l’écart. Partant de ce constat, Hurbanity se fixe pour objectif prioritaire à travers ses projets de promotion immobilière de générer de la mixité sociale ainsi que des opportunités économiques pour les habitants les moins privilégiés économiquement.
A CROSS-SECTIONAL APPROACH FOR A GLOBAL IMPACT
Hurbanity designs community spaces, promotes the creation of communities, and supports entrepreneurship. The creation of local businesses and services in close proximity, the implementation of decision-making models based on participation, and the promotion of cultural activities all help to support and build local relations. A more consolidated social fabric can break the traditional models of social division and segregation. Hurbanity builds and strengthens alliances with NGOs and public local institutions, in order to supports families that want to access to relevant professional training. They receive the opportunity to be supported to develop small businesses, by providing them the possibility to improve in a sustainable way their economic situations.
HURBANITY, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP OF THE FUTURE
During a 4-year cycle, Hurbanity designs and constructs homes and community spaces, simultaneously accompanying the development of the community and the establishment of local businesses and services..
TRANSVERSAL SUPPORT FOR A GLOBAL IMPACT
Hurbanity designs spaces to live in, creates communities, and encourages proximity between families from different social backgrounds and economical situations. Setting a dynamic environment with cultural and associative activities strengthens social ties which are useful to break the usual social segregations. Thanks to the collaboration with NGOs and local public institutions, families that are willing to get professional training are able to get it and benefit from support in the creation of their business. This way, they have a perspective of sustainable improvement in their economic situation.
HURBANITY, L’ENTREPRENEURIAT SOCIAL DE DEMAIN
Pendant un cycle de quatre ans, Hurbanity conçoit et construit les logements ainsi que les aménagements de ces lieux de vie, tout en accompagnant la création de la communauté et la mise en place de commerces ou de services de proximité.
Our vision, our mission and our values
Hurbanity is a social enterprise for housing and property development that operates in Latin America and Europe. It is committed to building living spaces that bring together families from different socio-economic sectors. During a 4-year cycle, Hurbanity designs and constructs homes and community spaces, simultaneously accompanying the development of the community and the establishment of local businesses and services. Hurbanity acts to promote social diversity by facilitating access to dignified housing and by offering support for entrepreneurship
Improve everyone’s life chances through socio-spatial mix.
- Hurbanity values clever ideas that allow to looking outward for solutions,
- Hurbanity believes in ambition as a factor of success in her actions,
- Hurbanity defends humanism as answer to societal issues,
- Hurbanity believes in dialogue, exchange, and encounters to improve understanding and tolerance between human beings,
- Hurbanity wants to overcome the prejudices and fears, by promoting the “living together”,
- Hurbanity is a social company independent of any political or religious movement.
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Nathanael comes from the South of France and has an atypical professional background. Since he was a little boy, he wanted to build cities, and has always had a passion for the Art of building, both in its technical and human aspects. At the age of 16, Nathanael joined the prestigious “Compagnons de France”, a national network of craftsmen who teach and share values and Savoir-faires. This life experience will guide him throughout his professional career. After 10 years as a mason craftsman, Nathanael became a works manager in Switzerland, for a large group active in French-speaking Switzerland. For 17 years, he will have many responsibilities as manager for various building and civil engineering projects. As much as he is passionate about the construction sector, human support and the transmission of knowledge to others remain essential values for Nathanael. This is the reason why, in 2019, he decided to create his own company whose aim is to provide support in th construction sector, by offering a group of experts in the areas of construction, planning and project management, and managers’ coaching. What makes Nathanael stand out and allows him to move forward with confidence in life is his determination, with a good dose of empathy and presence. Nathanael likes to accompany others to grow and develop. This is why he decided to commit himself to Hurbanity. Taking up challenges and striving for excellence simply thrills him.
Economist with a rather eclectic background, Luca always had a social and ecological concern. After trying his hand at studying social sciences and then biology, he decided to follow his passion at the time, music, by becoming a sound engineer and a guitar teacher. But the experience that deeply transformed his life was the discovery of a country, the Dominican Republic, of its generous and friendly people, and of his wife who linked him even more to this island. After many stays in this country, between humanitarian aid and cultural exchange, he understood that wealth is not necessarily what we commonly define. This prompted him to go back to his studies in economics and management in order to better understand the mechanisms of the capitalist world, and thus try to find more sustainable alternatives. Over the past twelve years, he has been involved in various projects seeking to develop more social and environmentally friendly initiatives. By joining Hurbanity, he hopes to be able to bring his look at society and his experience in entrepreneurship, management, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and other skills to it.
Maria Victoria Araoz Ortega
Victoria is a consultant in gender strategies and social inclusion, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Ethics, Peace and International Affairs specializing in gender, Victoria is a professional committed to building diverse and equitable societies based on gender equality and social justice. She founded her first NGO in Argentina at the age of 19 with the objective of working for the health of indigenous communities in the Chaco region. After working as a consultant for the High Chamber of the Argentine Congress, she was hired by the Washington DC Court of Justice as a defender of the rights of women victims of violence. In Colombia, she then worked for the United Nations Peace Agreement Verification Mission with FARC, and was responsible for the reincorporation of women ex-combatants, and currently offers her services to national and international organizations to help them develop their gender parity strategies and create social dynamics that promote the growth and development of the most vulnerable communities.
A business economist, with an MBA in entrepreneurship and innovation, a bachelor’s degree in business management and a half degree in political economy, David chose this path out of idealism. As a teenager, he wanted to obtain the necessary knowledge to understand the workings of the economy, and to enable its development in economically disadvantaged areas. working in Switzerland for more than 5 years within an international group active in the water fountain and coffee sector, he was in charge of a network of about 100 distributors spread throughout Switzerland. Managing logistical problems, statistical analyses, sales monitoring, invoicing, and relations with distributors and the company’s various departments were all tasks that characterized his daily work. Today, “the ideal of offering everyone the opportunity to live with dignity” still drives him, and it is for this reason that he decided to embark on the Hurbanity adventure.
Sebastián Contreras Rodríguez
Sebastián Contreras Rodríguez, a Chilean national, is an architect who has been living in Colombia since 2013. After graduating from Milan Polytechnic in 2002 and the Catholic University of Chile in 2003, he completed his master’s degree in Architecture at the same school in 2005. Sebastian has participated in numerous conferences and workshops at various Iberoamericanas Universities (Argentina, Panama, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, and Spain), and his line of research in development is based on habitat and its cultural and ecological values. He currently heads the architecture office Estación Espacial Arquitectos, and is also a university professor. Devoting part of his time to architectural research, he became passionate about astronomy in his spare time. Sebastian defends the development of an essential architecture, focusing on the design and construction of dignified houses, imagined from an architecture in m3 and not only in m2. Its houses seek to reflect the values of the cultural diversity of the inhabitants, while ensuring harmony with nature.
Get in touch with us, and get involved.
To join a Hurbanity community is choosing to take advantage to improve his everyday’s life. It’s living in a dignified house, benefiting from a model that builds and strengthens the social relations of the community, by benefiting of vocational training and of the opportunity to develop his own business activity to improve his everyday’s conditions of life and the one of his family. But you can also get involved in Hurbanity helping with her financial development.
Sentier des saules, 1205 Genève, Suisse
Carrera 5 #26a -47, Bogotá, Colombie